Manage the course menu

Course menu

The course menu appears on the left side of your course window and is the cornerstone for the organization and navigation of your course. You create links on the course menu to present tools and materials to users. You can customize its appearance and order the links.

The course menu appears in a list view, which displays only the top level of course materials. You can choose buttons or text for your links.

Select the Display Course Menu in New Window icon to view the course materials as a directory tree in a new window. Users can expand the view to show the hierarchy of course navigation.

Create an uncluttered course menu to maintain efficient navigation for your users, and try to limit the number of links included in the course menu. Use content areas to hold related items and give your course organization and structure.

  1. Select the Add Menu Item icon above the course menu to access the menu.
  2. Select the type of content to create and type a name. Complete any other required text boxes, such as URL for Web Link.
  3. Select the Available to Users check box if you’re ready for students to see it. You can create content ahead of time, hide the link, and then show the link at the appropriate time.
  4. Select Submit. A link to the new content appears on the course menu.

Course menu components

This table lists the types of content and tools you can add to the course menu. You can also include subheaders and divider lines to help visually organize the links for your students.

Option Description
Content area Content areas are the top-level course areas and hold all of your course materials. You create, link, and manage them on the course menu. After you create a content area, you add content to it, such as online lectures, multimedia, tests, and communication tools.
Blank page You can include files, images, and text together on one page. With the editor, you have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance when you want.

Students select the title in the content list to view the content. No description appears with the title, so you want to be sure to use a meaningful title. This content type saves screen real estate and reduces the amount of scrolling.

Tool link Create a link to an available tool in your course, such as the calendar or journals. You can also create a link to the Tools page.
Course link You can create a shortcut to an item, tool, or area in your course for quick access to relevant materials.
Web link You can link to an outside website or resource.
Module page A module page is a specialized content page that presents content in boxes, such as on a course Home Page. Students can keep track of tasks, tests, assignments, and new content created in the course. You can’t add your own content to a module page. The system generates the information in each module.
Subheader A subheader is unlinked text. You can group related links below a subheader to help students find information.
Divider A divider is a line that visually divides the course menu into sections. After you create a divider, you can move it to another position.

You can organize and rename the course menu links.

  1. Use the drag-and-drop function to reorder course menu links.
  2. Or, use the keyboard accessible reordering tool to reorder the links.
  3. Access a link’s menu and select Rename to change its title. Select Hide Link to make it unavailable to students. Select Show Link to make it available to students. If you Delete a content area, all content items within it are also permanently deleted. This action is final.
  4. When Edit Mode is ON, an unavailable link title appears with the This link is hidden from students icon. Students don’t see the link on the course menu.
Updated on June 7, 2018

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